Blues Legend B.B. King announces he’s in hospice care

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Legendary blues artist B.B. King posted a message to his website saying he is in hospice care. (Photo: Getty Images/stock photo from 2013).

Legendary blues artist B.B. King posted a message to his website saying he is in hospice care. (Photo: Getty Images/stock photo from 2013).

LAS VEGAS (AP/CNN) — Blues legend B.B. King is telling fans he’s in hospice care at home in Las Vegas.

The 89-year-old musician posted thanks to fans on his official website Friday for well-wishes and prayers.

King was admitted to a Las Vegas hospital Thursday afternoon, CNN affiliate KLAS reported, because his daughter, Patty King, said he wasn’t eating and was dehydrated.

Tests showed King may have had a minor heart attack, she told KLAS. He was released and went home.

Las Vegas police Officer Jesse Roybal says an ambulance was summoned Thursday to King’s address and a person was hospitalized following what was characterized as a dispute over medical care.

A message posted Friday on his website said: “I am in home hospice care at my residence in Las Vegas. Thanks to all for your well wishes and prayers.”

The hospitalization was the second in a month for King. He spent several days in the hospital in early April for dehydration caused by his Type II diabetes, which he was diagnosed with decades earlier.

In October, he canceled the final shows of his 2014 tour after falling ill in Chicago.

President Barack Obama joins B.B. King in a rendering of "Sweet Home Chicago." at the White House: Red, White and Blues concert on Feb. 21, 2012. (Photo: CNN)

President Barack Obama joins B.B. King in a rendering of “Sweet Home Chicago.” at the White House: Red, White and Blues concert on Feb. 21, 2012. (Photo: CNN)

King  has released more than 50 albums and sold millions of records worldwide. Known as “King of the Blues,” the Mississippi native was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and has 30 Grammy nominations.

Some of his hits include “The Thrill Is Gone,” which won him his first Grammy in 1970, “There Must be a Better World Somewhere” and “When Love Comes to Town,” a collaboration with U2.

Representatives for King didn’t immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press.